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Figure

  • Place of origin:

    West Bengal (made)

  • Date:

    1940-1942 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fired clay, painted

  • Museum number:

    IND.LOST.213

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case R, shelf 1

This elephant with a rider might be a toy or a votive figure. The potters of West Bengal made both small painted clay figures for rituals and clay toys for sale at the fairs and markets.

Physical description

Elephant and rider made of terracotta painted in black and silver on a white mica ground. Hand-modelled.

Place of Origin

West Bengal (made)

Date

1940-1942 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Fired clay, painted

Dimensions

Height: 21 cm, Width: 8.5 cm, Depth: 13.5 cm

Historical context note

These type of figures, white with black paint and of simple forms, are possible toys, both hand-moulded and wheel-turned.

Descriptive line

Elephant and rider, pottery, white glazed

Materials

Clay

Techniques

Firing; Painting

Subjects depicted

Rider; Elephant

Categories

Ceramics; Folk Art; Dolls & Toys; Ceremonial objects

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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